It’s been quite the race.
A beautiful, sentimental, amazing, never-to-forget race.
I did all I could to slow it down, but this race to our son’s high school graduation happened at lightning speed. And as we prepared for “the lasts” of high school–senior nights, awards nights, commencement, and his celebration party–it became a sprint.
Especially during the last two weeks. I think we met ourselves coming and going. Seriously. Since his graduation party on Sunday, however (that’s another blog post in the making!), the pace has slowed just a bit.
But this race is not over. Later today my son and his high school soccer team will appear for the first time in school history in our state tournament. How cool is it that even though he’s graduated, his senior year isn’t over quite yet?!?!
I learned the hard way three years ago when our daughter graduated how stressful this kind of race can be. Back then I wasn’t the most pleasant person to hang out with, as I let the stress overtake my life. I determined to make this race different.
I made three key adjustments this year.
1. LIVE IN THE MOMENT
I determined to soak in each and every incredible moment with our son, and with our family. Moments we’ll never be able to experience again. I took time to “smell the roses.” I asked my husband to remind me to “live in the moment, ” and I kept my mind on where I was, not on the past and not on the future.
Sounds simple, but before my day started and before I began any activity, I prayed. I asked God to equip me, to calm me, to give me His wisdom. I asked Him to help me glorify Him as I went about my days and activities. I prayed His favor would be upon us, and for His grace, provision, and protection. This made the greatest impact and difference this year. Hands down. His presence was evident!
3. STAY ORGANIZED & FOCUSED, YET HAVE FUN
I worked ahead when possible. Lists and ideas in my planner and on my phone. I worked on party details when time allowed, even if it was only a few minutes. Yet, I carved out time for fun and some R & R. (All work makes Julie a dull girl, right?!)
These three adjustments allowed me to enjoy our race, as stress was nearly nonexistent. Every activity came together beautifully, and we even had time and resources to spare. (What?!) These can be applied to any area of our lives… work, family commitments, vacation, leisure activities, sports, etc.
What race do you find yourself in the middle of today? Is there room to make some adjustments, such as the ones above? How can you apply them to your situation? Take it from me, they’ll make your race much more enjoyable.
Make this race different.
You bet I’ll be applying them for our soccer game this afternoon… especially #2, prayer! I realize you have more important items to pray for, but if you think of it, I’d welcome your prayers for this game! I’ll keep you posted.
(Photo credit: T Marie Portraits & Photo Booth)
Yep, this guy is mine. But more importantly, He’s God’s.
On with our race…
Much love to you today,
Linking up with Suzie and friends for #livefreeThursday. You’ll be blessed by what’s going on over there!
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